By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian
Extreme winter weather has struck again, causing accidents throughout Marion County.
From noon to about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, the Marion County 911 Center received calls about 17 vehicle accidents that occurred due to the snowy, slippery road conditions, said Shawn Teets, lieutenant. There were also reports of four vehicles that were stuck and needed assistance getting out.
He said the wrecks happened across Marion County, including multiple on the interstate as well as incidents on Helens Run Rd in the Worthington area, on Pennsylvania Avenue in Fairmont, and on Bunner Ridge.
An accident with entrapment occurred in Barrackville. A vehicle with five occupants ran into a tree, leaving one person entrapped. Four patients were transported to the hospital, Teets said.
Patients were also transported to the hospital from several other accidents throughout the county, but most of the wrecks were pretty minor, he said.
Heather Zehr, AccuWeather.com meteorologist, said the wintry mix began in the morning hours of Sunday, as precipitation fell throughout the area. Following some rain, the conditions transitioned into snow in the early afternoon.
The storm front solidly came through Fairmont upward to Pittsburgh, she said. Areas from Clarksburg and to the south experienced rainfall for a while, but then the conditions changed quickly to snow.
The forecast pointed to snow coming down pretty steadily for the next several hours on Sunday, with predicted accumulation of about 1 or 2 inches. However, most of the snow was expected to arrive during the second half of the storm, Zehr said.
She anticipated seeing a break in the weather later in the afternoon Sunday and possibly into the evening. After that period of little activity, predictions called for the snow to pick back up in the evening, and fall heavily on and off through the overnight hours and into this morning.
Zehr said the snow should probably be over by 9 or 10 a.m. this morning, with total snowfall around 6 inches in the area.
She urged people to drive slowly and be safe while on the roads in these conditions.
“You want to make sure that you slow it down,” Zehr said. “Anything that’s untreated, you want to assume that it’s going to be slippery.”
As for the rest of today, people can expect to see cloudy, colder weather. There shouldn’t be too much wind, which will come from the North at about 5 to 10 miles per hour, she said.
The temperatures got down to around 16 degrees Sunday night, and will be in the low 20s today.
But there is good news in the future.
Zehr said the temperatures should hit the freezing mark on Tuesday, go above freezing on Wednesday, and hit the 40s on Thursday. As for Friday, residents will experience some sunshine and warmer weather, probably in the upper 40s.
“We’ll just look forward to the mild weather toward the end of the week,” she said.
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